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Poster: Jim F Date: Jul 8, 2011 2:55am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: 8/21-22-23-24/68

Someday I want to write some of my thoughts about this run of shows and start a discussion. Till then, feel free to discuss.

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Poster: Dhamma1 Date: Jul 8, 2011 4:38am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 8/21-22-23-24/68

You could find this yourself, but here's high praise to support your idea of focusing on this run. To me, this run is quintessential Dead.

dr. flashback:

"… this whole 4 show run from 8/21-8/24 is just unbeatable for 1968 fans. And trying to choose a favorite is like trying to decide which flavor of Ben and Jerry's you want. So good in fact, that both this show [8/21] and 8/24 (Two from the Vault) are in my top 5. … in my opinion, you'll have to fast forward to the Feb-March 1969 run also at the Fillmore (just released) to find a more perfectly played, true to the bone Dark Star. Garcia's playing just sparkles, every note is bent just right. ... Don't forget that this was the summer that had seen the death of RFK, and the Chicago convention riots. And you can hear that pathos and feeling in every note here... I am reborn, annointed in the magic life-giving properties of what I think is my favorite on this whole site. You too will meet Yahwhey here."

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jul 8, 2011 6:59am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 8/21-22-23-24/68

This was THE show that brought me here, indirectly. This WAS the show (TFTV) that so revitalized my interest in the Boys that I was hooked, again, and worked to merge the refound focus with the internet, and well, yes, "free" music, or even DLs I could pay for, that eventually got me rolling in 05-06, and landing here...the rest, as they say, is history.

Funny how such an old series of shows, found almost forty yrs later, are now part of the more recent history helping to explain why I have a wall of DEAD CDs in my living rm to be explained to all guests, and why I have friends I've never met that used to be bound to me only by the DEAD and now are so for entirely different reasons, and if these overly long sentence ramblings don't bring Rob outta the woodwork, I don't know what will...

I still say we need more early summer 68, as we must have access to the original configuration of StSt, as evidenced by 6-14-68, though I do love the short and sweet version that emerged in this series of shows, to be more or less stable til Dec, 29th to be exact, before transforming to the 6-7 min version of Fillmore Boxed/Live DEAD fame.

The shorter DS will not typically be in anyone's "All Time" listing, Dr F's comments notwithstanding, but the StSt/Eleven/DDHNM vs LL are all tight, well executed sequences...This Aug run + Oct Avalon + Florida (29th) make for a "must have" fall sequence that captures the essence of the Boys during the period of the "firing", insertion of TC, and the tinkling organ during DS (don't let it get on your nerves...it can be distracting...if it really bothers you, jump to the Avalon show!).

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Poster: micah6vs8 Date: Jul 8, 2011 7:55am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 8/21-22-23-24/68

Two discussions out of us in a short time frame! You better write some 200 (?) word wonder for that to happen. ("Can you make another pot of coffee? I just don't want to get up. What's this on my screen? Another June '68 post!")

Actually thanks, because I am looking for a cure from the '85 run I listened to. It all wasn't bad t'all, just concentrated. I can't write about this. '68 is a huge reason why I listen to GD.

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Poster: bkidwell Date: Jul 8, 2011 8:40am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 8/21-22-23-24/68

I wish I had some distinctive insight to add, but all I can really do is join in the chorus of "yup, absolutely amazing shows." The 68 band really has such a distinctively fat and heavy groove that has a lot more of a "classic rock" sound than the more idiosyncratic timbres they developed later. The driving snare rhythms and big bluesy Garcia tone and locked-in rhythms are just so effective.

I wish we had a lot more 68 aud recordings, I wonder how much of the musical detail could be clearly heard by the audience.

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Poster: reviewr Date: Jul 8, 2011 9:04pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 8/21-22-23-24/68

Those are some real nice shows, but I like Jan. - Feb. '68 better. 1/22/68 is one of my personal favs.